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A Legacy of Achdus

4 Tammuz 5774 – July 2, 2014
Inevitably when tragedies like this happen there is a sudden burst of Achdus. Tragedies unite.

Religious-Zionist Rabbis Welcome Evolution into School Curriculum

5 Sivan 5774 – June 2, 2014
Israel's rabbis don't see evolution as a threat, and some believe it will help the students add more depth and understanding to their Torah learning and faith.

The Holocaust and Jewish Morality: The Views of a Survivor

28 Nisan 5774 – April 27, 2014
The question of Jewish identity, for example, has been greatly affected by the legacy of the Holocaust.

Temptations, Tests, and the Search for Spiritual Courage

15 Elul 5773 – August 20, 2013
Temptations are ways of teaching people about G-d and the incredible human capacity for compassion and spiritual depth.

Does Elu V’Elu Mean Tolerating the Intolerable?

4 Tammuz 5773 – June 11, 2013
This was simply an opportunity to capitalize on something they thought would have universal appeal in the Charedi world.

I’m Not Voting for Obama, that’s for Sure

11 Shevat 5773 – January 21, 2013
“How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” King David asks. The answer is that we can’t.

Warning! Xmas!

11 Tevet 5773 – December 23, 2012
If you think that living in a Xtrian land doesn’t affect you at all, it’s because your brain has been so saturated with dreams of white Christmases.

We Ain’t Got a Soul in America

7 Tevet 5773 – December 19, 2012
Jewish life changes when we are in Galut. Not only does our Clalli soul disappear, but every detail of our life is affected.

Graveyard, New York

6 Tevet 5773 – December 18, 2012
Thriving and prospering, materially and even spiritually in galut, with an abundance of Torah learning and observance, is nevertheless defined by the Torah, our Prophets and Sages, as death.

Rav Kook’s Secret Writings: A Drama In Several Parts

19 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
JERUSALEM – Clandestine photocopying of tucked-away documents in Israel’s National Library, hurried text messages of selected passages verifying their pristine, unpublished condition, and question marks surrounding the editing and possible censorship practices of trusted editors from eighty years ago.

TORAH, TORAH, TORAH

During the reign of King Solomon, the Nation of Israel was at its prime. We lived in peace in our own homeland. A Jewish government ruled over the country from the majestic city of Jerusalem. All of the people gathered for the Festivals at the Temple three times a year. Jewish law went forth from the Sanhedrin. Prophets communicated the word of the Lord to the Nation and the world. A powerful Jewish army guarded the country’s borders. Torah was studied in great academies of learning. Hebrew was spoken on the street. The leaders of foreign nations flocked to Jerusalem to pay tribute to the Jews.

Absolute Joy

17 Tishri 5773 – October 3, 2012
There is a special mitzvah on Sukkot to be “ach samaoch.” Only joyous. It is a happiness not dependent on anything external, beyond definition and words. Just to be absolutely joyous in one’s love and worship of G-d. Rabbi Kook describes the sukkah as a whirlpool of joyous energy which is constantly changing each second, reaching ever-higher levels of joy and attachment to G-d.

Zionism is T’shuva Too!

16 Tishri 5773 – October 2, 2012
To rectify the blemish caused by galut, the Diaspora Jew has to stop being in exile and join the ingathered. He has to actualize the words of his daily prayers, “And gather us together from the four corners of the earth” by getting on a plane.

Gentlemen, To the Land of Israel!

12 Tishri 5773 – September 28, 2012
One of Rav Kook's public proclamations, sent out all over the Diaspora, years before the Holocaust, was entitled, “The Great Call”: "To the Land of Israel, gentlemen, to the Land of Israel! Let us utter this appeal in one voice, in a great and never-ending cry."

Homeward Bound

11 Tishri 5773 – September 27, 2012
L eading up to the holiday of Sukkot, we’ll wrap up our condensed look at Rabbi Kook’s teachings on t’shuva with a few blogs on two of the holidays most important themes – Eretz Yisrael and Torah.

The World’s Leader: Israel

8 Tishri 5773 – September 24, 2012
Inspired by the Holy Nation of Israel, mankind will abandon its vain and misguided paths, and a mighty spirit of t’shuva will be ignited throughout the world.

Goodbye World, I’m Off to the Mountains!

8 Tishri 5773 – September 23, 2012
Rabbi Kook’s advice is to set out correcting the transgressions of the past which are within the person’s reach to correct. This will set into motion a snowball of t’shuva whose inner force will lead him to correct matters more and more difficult, until he succeeds in redressing all wrongs.

Madonna and Kabbalah Don’t Mix

5 Tishri 5773 – September 21, 2012
The more you learn Torah, the more t’shuva you will be inspired to do — and the more t’shuva you do, the more Torah you are able to learn.

Rocket Ship of T’shuva

4 Tishri 5773 – September 20, 2012
Sudden t’shuva is different. It seems to come about all at once with superhuman energy and willpower.

The Key to Success

3 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
Rabbi Kook has good news. If you are a loser, all is not lost. You too can be a winner. You too can succeed. How? Through t’shuva.

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